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Nikko Turbo Panther 60th Anniversary 1/14 Scale RC Sprint RC Car

Wednesday, May 02, 2018


Compared to real life driving, learning to drive an remote control (RC) car is a cakewalk especially if it's an electric RC car as they don't have complicated components such as clutches, fuel systems or pistons that you get with nitro RC cars.
An electric-powered RC car uses a battery as the power source to power the electric motors, which in the case of the Turbo Panther 60th Anniversary are brushed motors. Unlike the Psycho Gyro RC, the Turbo Panther is all about speed!

body chassis made of thermoplastic
The limited edition Turbo Panther 60th Anniversary RC car from Nikko is a 1:14 scale toy-grade RC car which in the toy RC world translates to the scale of a toy car in relation to the size of a real-life version.
The Turbo Panther 60th Anniversary RC car is actually modeled after a sprint racing car so the 1:14 scale means 14 inches/cm on a real sprint version which is reduced to 1 inch/cm on the Turbo Panther 60th Anniversary RC car.
Loosely put, the Turbo Panther 60th Anniversary RC car is 1/14th the size of a real-life sprint car. The bigger the number, the smaller the toy in relation to the real-life vehicle.
The actual length of the Nikko Turbo Panther 60th Anniversary RC car is 12 inches long (1ft) with a front wheelbase of 18.5cm and a rear wheelbase of 19.5cm. The total weight of the Turbo Panther 60th Anniversary is 700 grams.
Performance-wise, the Turbo Panther 60th Anniversary is able to clock up a maximum top speed of 9.3 miles per hour (mph) which translates to 15 Kilometers per hour (KPH).
The acceleration is pretty good so the Turbo Panther is able to move off from 0 to 9.3mph pretty quick. The car also has a pretty good torque so the Turbo Panther RC car can handle dirt and muddy terrain without worrying about moisture thanks to the battery/power compartment being water resistant.
The Turbo Panther 60th Anniversary sprint RC car feature neat detailed racing features such as roll cage, a wing a spoiler and fog lights with smiley faces on it.
While the wing spoiler on the Turbo Panther is not as oversized as in a sprint car spoiler, but it's pretty sizeable measuring 13.5cm long, 6cm wide and 3cm thick.
 
The electrical brushed motors are rear mounted just like in most high-powered race cars so the Turbo Panther 60th Anniversary is rear wheel drive.
The bottom-load battery pack is sealed in a compartment with the on/off switch which is also sealed with a plastic cover.
The Nikko Turbo Panther 60th Anniversary car integrates a 6.4V LiFePO4 500mAh battery pack that takes 90 minutes to charge from 0% to 100% and holds the charge for up to 35 minutes.
integrated USB-A charging cable
The small led inside the battery compartment lets you know when full charge is complete. The led flashes red while charging takes place and turns solid red after full charge is complete.
The front and rear wheel suspension system consists of three independent spring coils. The front wheels have independent suspension so you get one spring coil on the left wheel and another spring coil on the right wheel of the Turbo Panther 60th Anniversary RC car.
The third spring coil system is located on the rear wheelbase where the electric engine is also mounted.
The engine compartment has cooling vents to help with circulating heat because brushed motors have more friction and produce more heat which can affect the motor performance.
manual wheel-alignment lever
The Turbo Panther 60th Anniversary tyres are also true-to-scale so the Turbo Panther RC car has larger tyres on the rear wheels.
removable front wheels
Tyre width is 3.5cm for the front wheels and 4cm for the rear wheels, while the height of the front and rear wheels is 6.5cm and 7.5cm respectively.
The Turbo Panther 60th Anniversary remote control measures 12cm long by 12cm wide and weighs 80 grams.
The remote control frequency is  2.4GHz and supports a range of remote control to about 80 meters. The remote control uses 3 A AA batteries (not included).
The controller is also straightforward to use (left thumbstick for moving forward and backward. Right thumbstick for steering left or right).

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